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3 Spring Cleaning Pinterest Hacks: Tested and Approved (Part 1)

Now that my house is officially decluttered and organized thanks to the KonMari method, it is time to roll up my sleeves and do some spring cleaning.

If you have been on Pinterest lately, spring cleaning hacks are everywhere. I decided to pick a few areas that were in need of a deep cleaning at our house, and test out the hacks.

First up… the dirty grout in our entryway tile.

Clean Grout

Though I would never select this particular tile for our entryway, it is what it is. And it would certainly look better with freshly cleaned grout.

I saw a “Miracle Grout Cleaner” on Pinterest, and knew I had to try it. Spoiler alert: the “miracle” is Clorox toilet bowl cleaner with bleach – ha! I always have this product on hand, and the Clorox cleaner comes out in a perfect line that can fit just within your grout lines.

My results:

Clean grout

MUCH BETTER!

Overall, I am impressed with this hack. I did scrub the cleaner into the grout (with a toothbrush) after letting it sit for a minute or two. I then rinsed with water and dried with an old towel. This process was not very quick or pleasant, but it got the job done.

Glass-Top Stove

After seeing this sparkling glass-top stove on Pinterest, I was willing to give it a try. I already had all the materials- baking soda, Dawn dish soap, and hydrogen peroxide- so I just had to get to work.

First, sprinkle the stove top with baking soda. Then, squeeze some Dawn dish soap on top – try not to overdo it.

Stovetop with baking soda and Dawn

Sprinkle baking soda and Dawn

Next, spray some hydrogen peroxide on top – I have my hydrogen peroxide in a dark spray bottle – if you do not, then just pour a bit on top. Then, scrub it all together. My glass-top is already a bit scratched here and there (surely from the previous owner – ha!), but I was careful to use my favorite Peachy Clean silicone scrubber to not do any further damage to the glass-top.

silicone scrubber

Scrub, scrub, scrub

After the scrubbing, I used a wet dishtowel to wipe the surface. It took a few rounds of wiping to totally clean it off.

Clean glass-top stove

Sparkly!

stovetop: before and after

Before and After

Again, I was pleased with the results. I did not have anything caked or badly burned on the stove, but it seemed to do a nice job on the everyday build-up.

Clothes Washer

We have an old top-loading clothes washer. It does its job, but I had noticed how dingy it had become. In all honesty, I had never “cleaned” my washer – with the exception of wiping it out from time to time. So, I figured i would give this Pinterest method a try since all I needed was vinegar (Being a preschool science teacher, I always have a large supply of both vinegar and baking soda on hand!). For this cleaning hack, run your washer on the highest setting, adding 3 cups of vinegar.

washing machine: before and after cleaning

Brighter and Refreshed

Overall, I am happy with the results. The most noticeable difference was that the washer smelled much more fresh in addition to looking more sparkly! I did wipe out the washer after I ran the vinegar through on the hottest cycle. The washer doesn’t look brand new, but it certainly is an improvement.


 

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